Yet another woman who was featured in the New York Times hit piece exploring Donald Trump’s relationships with women is coming out in defense of the presumptive GOP nominee. On Tuesday’s Sean Hannity Show Carrie Prejean, former Miss California USA and Miss USA 2009 first runner-up, accused The New York Times of lying and taking her quotes out of context.
Prejean says that back in March, she had been contacted by several reporters who wished to interview her for the piece, but that she refused. “I told them, ‘I’m not going to be doing an interview at this time,'” Prejean told Sean on Tuesday’s Sean Hannity Show. “And I said, ‘and by the way, I have nothing bad to say about him so go get it from someone else.'”
In lieu of an interview, reporters decided to pull an anecdote from Carrie’s Prejean’s book, “Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks.” In the book, Prejean describes a “behind the scenes” moment from the Trump-owned Miss USA pageant in 2009:
Donald Trump looked at Miss Alabama.
“Come here,” he said.
She took one more step forward.
“Tell me, who’s the most beautiful woman here?”
Miss Alabama’s eyes swam around.
“Besides me?” she said. “Uh, I like Arkansas. She’s sweet.”
“I don’t care if she’s sweet,” Donald Trump said. “Is she hot?” …
It became clear that the point of the whole exercise was for him to divide the room between girls he personally found attractive and those he did not. Many of the girls found the exercise humiliating. Some of the girls were sobbing backstage after he left, devastated to have failed even before the competition really began to impress “The Donald.”
Prejean claims the anecdote was taken out of context by the Times.
“They took a little tiny thing from my book and they twisted it,” Prejean said. “And if they would have actually read on, I talk very highly of Mr. Trump. I don’t say anything negative about him.”
Prejean added that Donald Trump has never degraded women to her knowledge and “gives women amazing opportunities”.
The former Miss California USA is just the latest to come out against the The New York Times piece entitled “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved with Women in Private”. The story has already come under fire from several other women including Trump’s former girlfriend Rowanne Brewer Lane.
Listen to Sean’s full interview with former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean: